When I was a kid, I loved the Turtles. I read the magazines, watched the cartoon, had the action figures, went to see the movies, and was a member of the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Fanclub (the name of the TV show was changed here in the UK due to the word Ninja being considered too violent for kids….right. Ok…) I remember getting a sticker book, and a pen with green ink from the fanclub, that seemed to last for years. Good times.
Then, like the Ghostbusters before them, the Turtles slowly disappeared. The third movie was absolute crap (see here and here). The cartoon came to a close…I think we all just kind of grew out of the Heroes in a Half-shell. A new TV series began in 2003, and kicked things off again, but I doubt the Turtles will ever hit the heights they hit back in the late 80’s/early 90’s. (more…)